Friday, November 2, 2012

#NaNoWriMo Day One

Congrats to everyone who started NaNoWriMo yesterday! It feels so good to be back.

My first day went well. I had a number of errands to run, so desk time was not as long as I had hoped. I still managed to squeeze 1,778 words out by midnight, so a decent start.

One thing I did before writing was organize my desk. It wasn't too cluttered, but I tend to pile things around myself until I am buried, so I wanted to start fresh for the new book. Here is what it looked like before:
Desk before

Not too bad. Post-its were a little out of control, as were the cords connected to my Kindle, so I had to tame those. I bought a nice candle, a container for my post-its, and rearranged a little. After about 5 minutes of clean up, here is what I had:

Desk after

Much better.

I need that space to the right of my laptop for note-taking and snacks - not going to pretend that I don't have a bowl of yummies next to me for those moments when the fingers don't know what to do next. I love that the candle has two wicks - they dance together as the wind blows outside and the draft comes through the windows.

Oh, and that red rectangle is my speaker - Jambox by Jawbone. It was a birthday present and I love it. It connects via Bluetooth to my phone and fills the office with the sounds of Pandora as I type.

So that's it. I am up to 1,299 words so far today, but I'd love to hit 3,000. I like having a buffer, knowing that there will be days when I can't sit at my desk for more than 10 words.

What other things make NaNoWriMo days fun and productive for you?

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